Totois an American rock band which was formed in 1976 by some very popular and experienced session musicians. They had great commercial success in the 1980's. Their first album was their self titled album, Toto. The group was formed with a group of six of the most popular studio musicians of the era. These artists were David Paich (keyboard player), David Hungate (bass player), Steve Lukather (guitar player), Jeff Porcaro (drum player), and his brother, Steve Porcaro (keyboard player), and Bobby Kimball (vocalist). The group began their first album in 1977. Their album was an immediate success in that it put the group in the mainstream of commercial success. The band continued to record and in 1982, the success of their Toto IV album made them one of the biggest selling music groups of the era. Their popularity in the United States waned but they continued performing to a sold out audience in other countries. They played in arenas, clubs, and theaters, internationally. Their style of music was a combination of rock, pop, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, and jazz. It seemed that they just about covered it all so they were very popular to a wide variety of audiences.
The name of the group, Toto, was derived from the Latin translation, which meant, all encompassing. The group had played such a variety of music with many different artists that they thought the name fit them well. It seems they got a few laughs when they toured Japan because the largest toilet manufacturer in Japan was also named TOTO. The name is also the translation for the slang word , vagina, in other countries such as Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Many of us also know that Toto was also the name of the dog in the movie classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
After the first album was released the group went on tour to promote it in 1979. After the tour ended, they went to work on their next album They released their second album called, Hydra, the same year. One of the groupís most popular songs came from this album and it was called, 99. They released a music video for the title track of the album but there was never a single released. The album went gold but did not achieve much commercial success. After the release of the album, the group again went on tour to promote it.
The band continued to release albums and tour and continue to do so today. To date, they have released a total of 19 albums and 44 singles. They have sold over 30 million records to date. The group has plans to take a break to pursue a few other projects in the fall of 2007 after their fall tour ends.
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